FROM FLEMMI'S LIPS, A SORDID TALE OF INTIMIDATION AND MURDER
Date: October 15, 2003 Page: A5 Section: Metro/RegionThe following details are from Stephen Flemmi's plea agreement and the US attorney's office: Flemmi's victims:
Sousa was killed October 1974. Sousa was murdered to prevent him from cooperating with police. An associate of two low-level members of the Winter Hill Gang, Sousa was arrested after a botched attempt to rip off a local dentist in a fake gold bullion sale. Flemmi has admitted that he gave the nod for Sousa to be lured to the gang's headquarters in a Somerville garage and killed. Flemmi said he helped dispose of the body.
A Dorchester tavern owner, Connors allegedly helped set up the murder of Flemmi's rival, James O'Toole, by alerting Winter Hill Gang leader Howard Winter as O'Toole was leaving his bar in December 1973. Flemmi said the gang later learned that Connors, 42, was talking openly about his role in the O'Toole murder. Connors was then lured to a telephone booth on Morrissey Boulevard by a call from Winter and gunned down by Flemmi and his longtime partner in crime, South Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.
King, a longtime Bulger rival who ended up as an uneasy ally after a consolidation of criminal gangs in South Boston, disappeared on Nov. 5, 1975. Flemmi admitted that he, Bulger, and fellow gang member John Martorano lured King into a trap, giving him a gun loaded with blanks and telling him they were going to make a hit on an underworld figure. King was shot in the head, and his body was found buried along the Neponset River in Quincy three years ago.
Flemmi said he learned from former FBI agent John Connolly that Castucci, a 47-year-old Revere nightclub owner, had tipped off the FBI to the existence of a Winter Hill Gang safehouse in New York City. By Flemmi's account, Castucci was lured to a Somerville apartment by him and Bulger and murdered by Martorano on Dec. 30, 1976. Connolly is in prison on a racketeering conspiracy conviction, although he was acquitted of charges that he tipped off Flemmi and Bulger to the existence of other informants.
Wheeler, a Tulsa businessman and chairman of Florida-based World Jai Alai, was killed on May 27, 1981, in the parking lot of the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. Flemmi said that he and Bulger conspired with their former FBI handler, H. Paul Rico, to prevent Wheeler, 54, from exposing a money-skimming scheme at World Jai Alai, where Rico was an executive in charge of security.
Flemmi said in his plea agreement that he lured Davis, his longtime girlfriend, to his mother's house in South Boston, where Bulger strangled Davis in late 1981. Flemmi told authorities that Davis, 26, was murdered because she knew too much about their criminal activities and because she knew they were working as law enforcement informants. Both Flemmi and Bulger were longtime members of the FBI's ultrasecret Top Echelon Criminal Informant Program.
Callahan, a Winchester financier with strong underworld ties, was murdered in Florida on Aug. 1, 1982, as Oklahoma authorities were seeking to question him about his role as an intermediary in the murder of Wheeler. Flemmi said that he and Bulger hired a reluctant Martorano to kill Callahan, his longtime friend.
Barrett, a legendary Boston burglar and safe-cracker, was kidnapped, tortured, and killed in August 1983 in what Flemmi said was a scheme by him and Bulger to steal his cache of loot. Flemmi said he pulled Barrett's teeth, to make it harder to identify the body, after Bulger shot him in the head.
McIntyre - a lobsterman, marijuana smuggler, and Irish Republican Army supporter from Quincy - disappeared on Nov. 30, 1984, after Flemmi and Bulger learned that he was cooperating with Quincy police about a marijuana seizure and a gun-running operation to Ireland. Flemmi told authorities that he and Bulger took McIntyre to a South Boston house, where they interrogated him for several hours about what he told police before Bulger strangled him and shot him in the head.
Hussey, 26, Flemmi's stepdaughter, was murdered in early 1985 shortly after accusing Flemmi of sexually molesting her when she was a girl, prosecutors said. Those accusations caused Hussey's mother, Marion, to break off her relationship with Flemmi. Flemmi said he lured Hussey to her mother's home, where Bulger strangled her.